It's not that road helmets are substantially less durable than helmets made for mountain biking, it's just that the three-way balance between ventilation, weight, and durability is readjusted for off-road purposes. The Giro Xar Helmet gets the same expert engineering found in the top-line road helmets. That means the same In-Mold process that make Giro road helmets some of the strongest and lightest on the market is also used for the Xar. The In-Mold construction process fuses the outer shell to the EPS foam liner. This process enhances the effectiveness of both parts. In fact, the fusion process actually reinforces those formerly vulnerable spots around the vents and ribs. It makes them lighter, more durable, and better ventilated than helmets with shells that are glued to the liner.
Where the Xar differs slightly from the road helmets is in the focus placed on the ventilation. With 17 Wind Tunnel vents and internal channeling, Giro has hardly skimped on ventilation, it's just that by reducing the number and size of the vents, slightly more emphasis has been put on durability. You'll also have the benefit of the P.O.V. visor to deflect the sun, rain, and twigs. The visor has a patented internal clutch system that allows for 15 degrees of vertical adjustment without the need for any tools; just give it a quick whack with your hand. And if you'd rather not have it on at all, you can easily remove it without tools.
Giro's development of the Roc Loc 5 Fit System makes it possible micro-adjust your helmet on the fly, with just one hand. Though other helmet manufacturers have similar adjustability options, none of them even come close to the weight savings that the Roc Loc system offers: it is almost 40% lighter than comparable systems.
The Giro Xar Helmet comes in Small, Medium and Large. It is available in Matte Black/Grey Bars, Matte White/Grey Bars and Black/Cyan/Lime.
The Giro Xar bike helmet is tough, stylish and, best of all, fantastically ventilated for cool comfort when you crank it up on the trail.
|Construction:||In-mold - EPS liner, polycarbonate shell|
|Fit System:||Roc Loc 5|
|Head circumference:||Mountain biking|
|Helmet style:||Mountain biking|
|Suggested Use:||All Mountain, trail riding, Endurace/Marathon XC, Super D|
|Ventilation:||17 Wind Tunnel vents, internal channeling|
i have one of these helmets and it recently saved my life! i crashed super hard going downhill i broke my collar bone in two, i have bruised ribs almost my entire body hurts. my bike is bent up. but my head doesnt even hurt thou if i wasnt wearing that helmet the doctor said i probably would have been in a coma or worse dead.these helmets are super comfortable also its like having a pillow on your head. this helemt saved my life and now im goana buy another once i heal.!!!
Really like the helmet. Vents well, excellent adjustability, and good airflow and coverage. My only gripe is that Giro is been adding minimal padding to their helemts lately. They're comfy to wear, but soak up almost no sweat. I am extra sweaty and maybe the improved airflow prevents this issue for most people, but I end up using a bandana or sweat band. Seems like that's where all helmets are headed. So with that in mind, this ia a five star choice.
Bought my Xar helmet in exchange for a 661 helmet that I had previously purchased and didn't like. This helmet is one of the most comfortable helmets I have ever owned. I would highly recommend this helmet to anyone looking for a helmet that is really comfortable and a great fit.
This is my first high end helmet so I may be biased... but its a great helmet! It moves a lot of air so I dont really sweat, I bonked my head on a tree and it didnt even dent and everyone sees me and my bright yellow helmet.
My head shape fits well with this helmet, have had a few over the years from giro. Easy strap set up. Rocloc is nice. Would like more vents, but the ones with more look less appealing. Use it for mtb so I like the visor. Weight is ok.
This is my second Giro helmet for mountain biking. It fits great (minimal movement while on), and keeps my head cool. The "RocLoc"makes adjustment super easy, and the visor stays in place. Highly recommend this helmet, and am a big fan of Giro gear.